Training the Brain to Become Pitch Perfect
The findings suggest that adults can acquire absolute pitch even without that early exposure to pitches and musical labels.
Game-based Learning in Helsinki schools
“Contrary to what many might think, using technology and games in learning doesn’t isolate kids; rather it provides a completely different avenue for collaboration.” teacher Katariina Söderholm
The Sounds of Science
Trevor Cox investigates the science of sound research (1/2). Bad Vibes and Good Vibrations. Why do we find some sounds pleasant while others grate on the ears? Music is not just an auditory cheese cake, music is something that has an enormous power for learning, therapy, development that has been highly underestimated so far. –
Your Brain on Improv
Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.
The Meaning of Music
Michael Tilson Thomas is giving a great overview of the meaning of music as an emotional language and channel of expression. “…you know all that you need to know, you can start anywhere…”
Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale
“… regardless of where I am, anywhere, every audience gets that…” from “Notes and Neurons”
African Music Tradition, a talk by Alfred Ladzekpo
Alfred Ladzekpo, a master drummer from the Ewe tribe in Ghana and a Prof. of music in Cal Arts (USA), is talking about his music tradition. He is referring to music as a language, learning through listening , social aspects, improvisation and…
Game Design: The Key to Education?
“Imagine a learning environment where students engage core principals using gameplay, solve problems through team-based collaboration, and use gaming systems in place of standardized textbooks. Is our education system ready for that? Do we have a choice?” By Chris Riedel
Educational Game Design model
Barbara Chamberlin, with the NMSU Learning Games Lab, shares the Educational Game Design model developed at NMSU.The educational development studio involves content experts and game developers in their game design process, also employing a rigorous user testing process throughout development.In this presentation,…
How to truly listen
A great presentation by deaf musician, Evelyn Glennie. What could be a better post to start with? Listen. BigEar like!
The First Note
Welcome to BigEar’s blog. BigEar is a Mobile Music Learning Game to teach the Universal Language of Music in a fun and creative way. First target user group are kids (6-11 yrs.) and their families and then all the Children of Music.